Mains: The lost art of RBI guys

From SABR member Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus on November 27, 2017:

I have a request to make. Do me a favor. If you hear or read an announcer or pundit talk about the “lost art” of anything in baseball—contact hitting, stealing bases, intentionally trying to injure second basemen on slides, whatever—shoot me an email, OK? Let me know what you heard or read. If you’ve got a link, that’d be great.

The point is, I love people talking about Lost Art™. Because it’s mostly, you know, BS. The first time I wrote about this, last year, Cliff Floyd talked about the Lost Art™ of the two-out RBIs. I found no evidence of it. With everyone around baseball getting smarter, you just don’t get Lost Art™ absurdities the way you used to. Fire Joe Morgan went dark years ago. So we have to treasure the occasional Lost Art™.

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Originally published: November 27, 2017. Last Updated: November 27, 2017.